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Was an 1832 coin book prescient about the 1804 dollar?
A coin book published in Budapest in 1832 features an illustration
of an 1804 dollar, Joel Orosz writes in his “Numismatic Bookie”
column. Just one problem: The first 1804 dollars weren’t struck until
1834, so did the book predict the future?
Orosz writes that numismatist Eric P. Newman reported “the artists
who engraved coins for such publications usually worked from the
pieces themselves, but when lacking an actual sample, they used
guesswork, choosing dates for their type coins by chance.”
Rhode Island Ship medal’s propaganda message
Gerald Tebben’s “Coin Lore” column explores the enigmatic and rare
1779 Rhode Island ship medal. The designs and inscriptions are widely
seen as Revolutionary War propaganda, but in support of which side?
“The medal’s purpose and meaning have been the subject of
speculation for more than 150 years. Some view it as pro-British;
other as pro-American,” Tebben writes.
Were “Goodacre” dollars graded by more than one firm?
Paul Gilkes’ recent article about an auction featuring the art of
Glenna Goodacre, designer of the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar,
prompted a reader question for the “Readers Ask” column. If the 5,000
special coins paid to her as her fee were all graded by ICG, why is
the reader’s coin in a PCGS slab?
Gilkes writes that the “eventual owners later submitted nearly 60
percent of those coins to PCGS or Numismatic Guaranty Corp. for
crossover into the holder of one of those grading services.”
The mystery of pyramids on the coins of India
Mike Diamond in his “Collectors’ Clearinghouse” column probes the
mystery of tiny pyramid-shaped raised bumps occasionally seen on coins
of India. Were these bumps made deliberately and if so, why?
“The best explanation seems to be that these pyramidal bumps are
Vickers Hardness Test marks.”
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